Sometimes, in spite of our personal circumstances, in spite of our job situation, in spite of how comfortable or uncomfortable our lives seem to be, many of us feel a tug oran inner call to do something different with our lives.
Has this ever happened to you? Here you are, marching happily along in your life and then wham! out of nowhere, you start to wonder is this all there is? Crazy isn’t it? When this inner yearning happens, we are usually unprepared and logically, it makes absolutely no sense at all to us. And yet, in spite of it all, we cannot help ourselves, and feel a real pull to take a step towards this irrational whispering in our ear (or feeling in our gut) with some hope that somehow it will all work out for the best.
I see this process playing out over and over again in my life and in the lives of everyone around me. My husband Chris, has been in the Real Estate business for 30 successful years, and out of nowhere about 6 months ago, he decided he should write a book. Say what? This book writing thing really made no sense, as he has never written a book before, he’s in the real estate business not an author, and it’s taking a lot of his time away from his primary work. And yet, unexplainably he is drawn to do this writing thing in a big way.
Cynthia, a new friend of mine, told me just yesterday that she just left her very big job in a telecom company with a very big salary, cashed in all her investment accounts, downsized her life, and started raising money to help build schools in Africa and started the Unstoppable Foundation.http://unstoppablefoundation.org/. Cynthia said she felt called, pulled towards something that wasn’t logical at the time but felt purpose driven.
And me, I’m launching my book, “Your Next Bold Move for Women; 9 Proven Steps to Everything You Ever Wanted” on January 22ndin an Amazon.com best selling author campaign (stay tuned, you can help me if you want to when the time comes!). Why I ask myself? “Because you’re meant to inspire women to empower themselves and change the world with their unique gifts and talents,” I hear someone whispering in my ear.
Could Chris, Cynthia and I be moving ourselves closer to living a purposeful life? If you are wondering what does it mean to live a purposefullife and what would I do to find one for myself, join the millions of people asking themselves the same question.
I have the secret starting point to your finding the answer.
#1. Just become more of yourself.We are all born with certain gifts and talents. Yours are special and uniquely yours. Identify them then use them as often as you can. When we are using the best of us, we feel like we have hit the jackpot and are filled with joy. Notice situations where you find yourself filled with extreme joy and do more of that!
#2.Identify your unique capabilities. I love the Elton John example story my friend Paul Saganey, at his companyIntegrated Financial Partner’s annual company meeting shared with his people. He asked us when we think of Elton John, what would we say are his unique capabilities. The answer of course is that Elton John’s unique capabilities are that he is a singer, songwriter and entertainer. And that’s the best use of his gifts and talents. Elton John doesn’t sell the tickets to his concerts, he doesn’t park the cars for the people attending the concert, and he doesn’t sweep up the floors after the concert is over. His unique capabilities are best used writing, singing and entertaining. What are your best unique capabilities and how can you restructure parts of your life or your work so you can use them more and not get distracted and bogged down by all the selling of tickets and parking of cars?
#3.Quiet yourself down. This is step #1 in my book “Your Next Bold Move for Women; 9 Proven Steps to Everything You Ever Wanted.” Take time out of your busy life to listen to your inner voice. We can’t hear our inner yearnings if we are so busy being busy. Try meditating, walking in the woods, and finding purposeful ways to quiet yourself on a daily basis and listen up to your intuition.
For many of us we are being called forward into our best selves to change the world with our unique touch. Maybe Chris’s book will transform the way people look at their financial lives. Cynthia has already built close to 50 schools in Africa, which has dramatically changed many manychildren’s lives, and maybe just maybe, my book launch will inspire millions to step out and into their unimaginable futures!
Your outer world is a reflection of your inner world. Every action we take creates ripples that change the trajectory of our world. What’s your next bold step?
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